Online Giving at RUMC

Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

  • Click on our Create Profile button on that webpage.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Sunday, March 18
St. Patrick’s Day Potato Bar.  Fellowship Hall, 11:45 PM

Monday, March 19
Care Committee.  Home of Connie Mosley, 9720 Lorrayne Road, Riverview, 6:30 PM.

Tuesday, March 20
SPRC Meeting.  Library, 6:30 PM.

Saturday, March 24
Flapjack Fundraiser.  Applebee’s Restaurant, 829 Providence Road, Brandon, 8 AM-10 AM.
Trustee Work Day.  Church Grounds/Parsonage Grounds, 10 AM – 2 PM.

Sunday, March 25
Choir Easter Cantata.  Sanctuary, 10:30 AM.

 Wednesday, March 28
“Day of Prayer and Fasting”. (No Wonderful Wednesday Activities)

Thursday, March 29
 (Maundy Thursday)
Maundy Thursday Communion Service.  Sanctuary, 6:30 PM.

Friday, March 30
 (Good Friday)
Good Friday Service.  Sanctuary, 
6:30 PM.

Sunday, April 1
 (Easter Sunday)
Sonrise Service “Down by the River”.  Parsonage Grounds, 8:00 AM.
Easter Sunday Breakfast.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 9:30 AM.
Easter Sunday Worship.  Sanctuary, 10:30 AM.
Hispanic Easter Sunday Worship.  Sanctuary, 12:00 Noon.
March 24th Will Be a Busy Day at RUMC
The day actually begins at the Applebee’s Restaurant at 829 Providence Road in Brandon. The United Methodist Men are hosting a Flapjack Fundraiser in cooperation with this restaurant. Tickets will continue to be on sale, through Sunday. For a mere $7.00, hungry breakfasters can feast on pancakes, sausage, and coffee—with $5.00 for each ticket going directly to the United Methodist Men and their programs.

Immediately following the breakfast, come to the church. The RUMC Trustees are sponsoring church work day from 10 AM until mid-afternoon. While most of the effort will be given to prepare the parsonage grounds for the Sonrise on the River Easter Service, we will need help inside the parsonage and for some other special projects. Many hands will make light work in improving the appearance of our church and its grounds.

Our Holy Week and Easter Schedule
Holy Week begins on March 25th, Palm Sunday. On that Sunday, the RUMC Chancel Choir will be presenting the Easter Cantata.  On Wednesday, March 28th, Pastor Merritt is urging us to participate in a day of prayer and fasting; there will be NO fellowship supper or Wonderful Wednesday activities during that evening. Maundy (Holy) Thursday services will be held at 6:30 PM on March 29th (including communion), and Good Friday services will be held at 6:30 PM on March 30th.

Easter Sunday begins at 8:00 AM with a Sonrise Service “Down by the River”.  This traditional RUMC service will be held in our parsonage’s expansive back yard. There will be a limited number of folding chairs available for the service, so we are asking everyone to bring along their own folding or camper chairs. We are also expecting some Tampa Bay Area Emmaus members (mostly from New Hope UMC), as well as other visitors. Bring your family and friends and enjoy the wonderful outdoor vista and an inspiring Easter service.

Immediately after the Sonrise Service, an Easter Sunday breakfast will be provided to everyone at Crichton Hall. There will also be a regular Easter Sunday worship at 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary, as well as an Hispanic Easter Sunday worship service at 12:00 Noon.

English Instruction Available
We are teaching ESOL classes to non-English speakers at RUMC. Classes are being held every Tuesday evening from 7:00 until 9:00 PM in Room 6, and there are about 12-15 mainly Hispanic students participating. All are welcome.

RESTORE Changes its Hours
The RESTORE food pantry and thrift store are now open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 AM until Noon. In February, RESTORE provided emergency food to 392 families in Riverview, Gibsonton and Progress Village—and we continue to be a vital source of groceries to our community.

Come Sing with the Southern Company Chorus
RUMC is now the rehearsal location for the Southern Company Chorus, a women’s barbershop harmony group. The chorus meets at the church every Monday from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. The chorus is always looking for new members, and women of all ages are welcome! For more information, follow this link to

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Pastors Message
About Us

8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Sunday Services
Faith Groups/Sunday School, 9:00 AM-9:55 AM
Relationships/Refreshment, 10:00 AM-10:25 AM
Worship Service, 10:30 AM
Hispanic Worship Service
 12:00 Noon

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor
Norma Encarnacion, Lay Pastor, Hispanic Congregation

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
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BELL Newsletter from this link.
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March 18  from this link.
Bible Passage of the Week
We Are Christ’s Body

Because of the grace that God gave me, I can say to each one of you: don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to think. Instead, be reasonable since God has measured out a portion of faith to each one of you. We have many parts in one body, but the parts don’t all have the same function.  In the same way, though there are many of us, we are one body in Christ, and individually we belong to each other. We have different gifts that are consistent with God’s grace that has been given to us. 

If your gift is prophecy, you should prophesy in proportion to your faith. If your gift is service, devote yourself to serving. If your gift is teaching, devote yourself to teaching. If your gift is encouragement, devote yourself to encouraging. The one giving should do it with no strings attached. The leader should lead with passion. The one showing mercy should be cheerful.

Romans 12:3-8 (CEB)